10 Best Rock Songs of 2012 (So Far)
Here we are again at the halfway point of the year. What better time than now to take a look at the 10 best rock songs of 2012 thus far.
The former Hollywood Undead member had a breakout year in 2012, receiving a tone of spins at rock radio from his first official single since his nasty split with the band in 2009. Deuce made some headlines outside of the studio this year as well, once when he was allegedly jumped by his former bandmates and again when a member of his entourage had a run in with the law.
The Offspring returned with their long-awaited next album 'Days Go By.' The record's titular first single may closely resemble Foo Fighters 'Times Like These' in both sound and subject matter, but it also mixes a Cult-y riff and Offspring's signature pop-punk flavor to create a whole new beast.
When prepping their first ever live album, Godsmack decided to hit the studio and throw down a few covers to brighten up the package. Of the four tracks they picked, they released the most unlikely for the single -- their grinding take on Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way.' However, the strategy appears to be paying off according to the charts.
Foxy Shazam has been around for a number of years, but broke into the mainstream in 2012 with their combination of Queen-esque grandiosity and appreciation for big asses. Their latest album , 'The Church of Rock and Roll,' is an incredible album that is reminiscent of rock and roll circa 1978 with 'I Like It' easily being the most infectious tune.
Linkin Park returned with 'Burn it Down,' which oddly met us halfway between the weirdness of their previous album's lead single 'The Catalyst' and the more true to form LP of 'New Divide' and 'In the End.'
For their first completely new recording in 16 years, Soundgarden took an odd approach -- releasing an uncharacteristically PG tune for a comic book movie. It may have been more akin to Cornell's post SG projects than that of his work with the grunge titans, but it still has us foaming at the mouth in anticipation of the band's upcoming album.
Velvet Who? Guns N' Whatses? This year Slash proved that he doesn't need a dramatically complicated and unstable frontman to make a hit, just a guitar, his top hat and Myles Kennedy (and The Conspirators.)
Lzzy Hale and Co. took the rock world by storm (pun not intended) by becoming the first female fronted band to sit atop the rock charts. Get used to hearing her name as well as her band's music, their sophomore effort is quickly solidifying the band as a force to be reckoned with in rock...and rightfully so.
Chevelle jumped back into the ring with new album 'Hats Off to the Bull' late last year. Thus far the disc has spawned two massive hits -- 'Face to the Floor' and this bombatic, thinking man's fight song.
Shinedown took their time crafting the follow-up to the massively successful album 'The Sound of Madness.' On their new record, 'Amaryllis,' the band again reaches for crossover hits with anthemic tracks like 'Bully' and 'Unity.' Expect to see them on a few other charts as well this time around.